Saturday, 11 January 2020

Old writing.

My first husband, who died in 1991, was eleven years older than me.   My second husband, my dear farmer, who was part of my life during my time in Blogland, was eleven years younger than me.   When I was young such an age difference, where the man was younger than the woman, would have been the talk of the village.   But these days it is commonplace and we never gave it a thought either before or during our marriage.   It was just accepted by us and all our friends and everybody else.

Looking through that old 'poetry' notebook I spoke of last week, I came across another bit of writing I did back in 2010.   It made me smile in the context of the above paragraph - so hope it makes you smile too.

The Meeting.

He was wearing Georgio Armani,
I was drinking a Pink Gin.
We were opposite ends of the cocktail bar
as the Glitterati came in.

I saw him glance at his Rolex
as the crowd milled round the bar.
But he didn't seem to notice them -
he kept his eyes on the door.

She came through the door at a gentle pace,
walking hesitantly with a stick.
She positively dripped diamonds
and her make-up was laid on thick.

He stood as she approached him
and he gave her a cool embrace.
She took his arm when he offered it
and they both walked out of the place.

I finished my gin and paid the bill
 and I followed them out of the door.
But once outside there was no sign
that they had been there before.

So I got my coat and hailed a cab
and I thought as we drove back home:
was he a gigolo meeting a lover
or was the old lady just his mother? 

Have a good week-end.

23 comments:

Cro Magnon said...

Ha ha. My money's on him being the Gigolo!

thelma said...

Snap, though I was only a year older than Paul. Lovely poem, but does it not reflect an old opinion, older woman/younger man is seen as gigolo, but younger women/older man and there is no associated slur on his character or hers. Though it is beginning to change.

Hard up Hester said...

Brilliant piece of writing.

JayCee said...

I love this. Keeps us all guessing.

crafty cat corner said...

Age difference was not so important back when I met Tom. I was 15 and he was 21. He would probably be labelled as a paedophile now.
Briony
x

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Probably just Prince Harry about to receive a good telling-off from his granny!

Jean Winnipeg said...

I liked the poem - its the unknown of people watching, the wondering of whats going on.

I like the thought of your poetry get togethers. Poetry was lacking from my school years.
I always read your blog. (I'm in Winnipeg) so I read it at the beginning of my day at 6.30 am with a cup of coffee.

Can you sometimes include the name of the poet yoor choice of poetry is -- I find athough I know the nme of some famous poets
often I don't know who to look up to read some poems.

We are in the depths of winter and last night we had our coldest night of this year at minus 31, so we plugged my car in so that it will start. Jean, Winnipeg.

Tom Stephenson said...

That reminded me that here in Bath, when the husband took control of his wife's money after marriage, there were many penniless army officers on the look-out for elderly widows to marry.

hart said...

Great poem, rhythm, rhyme all perfect.

Red said...

You're posting early today. I line your poem as it makes one think.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thelma - oh yes - older men with plenty of money still find it easy to swap wives for a younger model - not quite the same the other way round.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Jean Winnipeg - In future I will include a few poet's names to get you going on Poetry. We have lovely meetings and a huge variety of different poets so it should
give you plenty to go at.

Mary said...

That's such a great poem - brought a laugh, and I just shared with Bob who chuckled!
He's just 2.5 years older than me!

Mary said...

That's such a great poem - brought a laugh, and I just shared with Bob who chuckled!
He's just 2.5 years older than me!

Mary said...

Sorry Pat - Blogger is acting up today - leaving two of the same comments - and I can't remove from my end.
Mary -

Bonnie said...

I love you poem! It is well written and quite enjoyable to read. I hope you will post more of your poems.

Heather said...

We may never know!

Chris said...

My two cents - it was his mother.

Joanne Noragon said...

I did like your poem; well said. We'll never know, but oh, the loveliness of its unfolding.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to you all.!

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